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# Helium atoms never form stable molecules, as other inert

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Helium atoms never form stable molecules, as other inert gases, by chemically bonding with other atoms.

A. Helium atoms never form stable molecules, as other inert gases, by chemically bonding with other atoms.

B. As other inert gases, Helium atoms never form stable molecules by chemically bonding with other atoms.

C. Helium atoms, same as other inert gases, never form stable molecules by chemically bonding with other atoms.

D. Helium atoms never form stable molecules by chemically bonding with other atoms, as other inert gases.

E. Helium atoms, like other inert gases, never form stable molecules by chemically bonding with other atoms.

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28 Jul 2011, 02:58
Only n E we see right comparision? and modifier is stated in right place.
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28 Jul 2011, 07:03
This is essentially a comparison issue between nouns ‘Helium’ and ‘other inert gases’. Hence the use of ‘like’ is necessary. Using ‘as other gases’ is wrong.

E is the only choice that uses ‘like
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28 Jul 2011, 20:03
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This is essentially a comparison issue between nouns ‘Helium’ and ‘other inert gases’. Hence the use of ‘like’ is necessary. Using ‘as other gases’ is wrong.

E is the only choice that uses ‘like

Hi Daagh,

do you want to advise that "as" can not be used as preposition for comparison?

I got the right answer but don't have solid base to justify answer.
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28 Jul 2011, 21:06
+1 for E.

Like is to compare Nouns.
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29 Jul 2011, 08:53
The prepositional ‘as’ is not used while comparing nouns. The conjunctional ‘as’ is useful for comparing clauses which have working verbs.

The prepositional ‘as’ is usable to denote a position, such as, ‘as the Prime Minister, XYZ has to take action against erring ministers’ or ‘As the captain of the team, he should face criticism’ etc,. But you see there is no comparison involved here.
In fact together with as, ther are another four words- before, after, since, & until - which can act as both preposition and subordinating conjunction
Have I suggested anywhere that ‘as’ cannot be used as preposition?
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26 Sep 2013, 10:41
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Helium atoms never form stable molecules, as other inert gases, by chemically bonding with other atoms.

A. Helium atoms never form stable molecules, as other inert gases, by chemically bonding with other atoms.

B. As other inert gases, Helium atoms never form stable molecules by chemically bonding with other atoms.

C. Helium atoms, same as other inert gases, never form stable molecules by chemically bonding with other atoms.

D. Helium atoms never form stable molecules by chemically bonding with other atoms, as other inert gases.

E. Helium atoms, like other inert gases, never form stable molecules by chemically bonding with other atoms.

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well, I got E too but something is fishy about it .. its talking about helium atoms and after "like" we have "inert gases" not "inert gases' atoms" .. we are comparing atoms with gases .. this is not right .. what you all think ?
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24 Sep 2016, 23:55
My Approach to solve this question :

1. The Noun modifier inert gases modifies Helium atoms and need to be placed next to each other. Hence A, C and D are eliminated
2. In B and E : We need to decide Like v/s As.... For this comparison Like is required.

Hence correct choice is E
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01 Oct 2016, 23:52
daagh wrote:
This is essentially a comparison issue between nouns ‘Helium’ and ‘other inert gases’. Hence the use of ‘like’ is necessary. Using ‘as other gases’ is wrong.

E is the only choice that uses ‘like

Am I the only one who thinks 'Helium atoms' are compared to 'other inert gases' whereas comparison should have between 'helium' and 'other inert gases,.
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Navinder wrote:
daagh wrote:
This is essentially a comparison issue between nouns ‘Helium’ and ‘other inert gases’. Hence the use of ‘like’ is necessary. Using ‘as other gases’ is wrong.

E is the only choice that uses ‘like

Am I the only one who thinks 'Helium atoms' are compared to 'other inert gases' whereas comparison should have between 'helium' and 'other inert gases,.

I agree - "like those of other inert gases" would be correct.
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